If you’re thinking about visiting Malta, Portugal, or Switzerland for a quick getaway anytime soon, then you’re probably better off opting for an airbnb instead of a hotel.
Across Europe, these three countries have the biggest price jumps from an airbnb to a standard hotel room fare.
Vouchercloud has done research into the top 20 capitals where the average cost of an airbnb vs. a three-star hotel has the highest percentage increase.
Each country’s price data is based on prices drawn from the capital city of each country.
The location with the biggest increase in price from airbnb to hotel is Valletta in Malta, with a 227 per cent jump from its average airbnb price at £54 to hotels at £123.
Coming in second is the Portuguese capital of Lisbon with a 194 per cent price difference between airbnbs at £56 and hotels at £108).
Sneaking into third position is Bernij in Switzerland, where airbnbs average £71 and hotels average £129.
From the top 20 list, the location with the cheapest accommodation on offer is Warsaw in Poland – offering airbnbs at around £37 a night, and hotels for £54.
The cheapest European city to visit overall was Tirana in Albania, costing just £27 for an airbnb and £36 for a hotel, followed closely by Skopje in Macedonia, with airbnbs at £28 and hotels
There were only seven locations in Europe where it actually works out cheaper to stay in a hotel than an airbnb.
In Andorra, an average hotel costs around £43, while airbnbs are on offer for roughly £79 a night.
Latvia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Estonia all cost between £40 – £46 to stay in an airbnb, with their marginally cheaper comparison hotels ranging from £30 – £44.
The data was collected from the airbnb website using the average price per night of a two person airbnb in each country’s capital city, and comparing it with Google’s Hotel Prices.
While Airbnb might be considerably cheaper than hotels in most cities, many local governments are taking steps to reduce the number of holiday rentals on offer.
Since last summer, landlords who rent out space in their flats in the Balearic Islands on sites like AirBnB without a licence could be hit with huge fines.
Islands including Ibiza, Menorca, Majorca and Formentera will penalise anyone illegally renting apartments to tourists with fines of up to €40,000.
Barcelona, in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia and another tourism magnet, has also introduced controls on tourist apartments.
And just this week, Amsterdam’s local government announced plans to impose an annual 30-day limit on letting private homes.